A Systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of European drug treatment programmes on reoffending

Akoensi, Thomas D and Koehler, J and Humphreys, D and Sanchez de Ribera, O and Losel, F (2013) A Systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of European drug treatment programmes on reoffending. Psychology, Crime & Law, 20 (6). pp. 584-602. ISSN 1068-316X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2013.804921) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article presents the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of treatment programmes for drug abusing offenders in Europe, using stringent eligibility criteria to control for threats to internal validity. A literature search of approximately 37,000 titles revealed 15 sound evaluations from six countries, containing 3953 participants. There were significant positive overall effects of treatment on crime (d=0.47) and illicit drug use (d=0.38). Most evaluations originated from the UK and evaluated primarily substitution therapy-based treatment. Evaluations of other interventions were a minority. Our findings support the use of treatment programmes among substance-abusing offenders. However, these results are limited to a small set of programmes from very few countries. Therefore, sound evaluations on a range of treatments across Europe are needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: drug abuse, meta-analysis, systematic review, treatment, rehabilitation,
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Medway
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 14:49 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2016 11:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55978 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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